November is Adopt A Senior Cat Month! If your household and budget have room for another pet, please consider giving an older kitty a great forever home. Of course, going to a new place can be very stressful and overwhelming for our feline friends. You’ll want to take a few steps to help your furry friend feel safe and comfortable in her new domain. A Mesa, AZ vet offers tips on this below.
Have everything Fluffy needs ready and waiting when you bring her home. Keep your kitty’s age in mind when shopping. Your furry buddy will probably have an easier time getting in and out of a litterbox with low sides. If your home has more than one level, and/or if you have other cats, set out multiple boxes. Older kitties spend most of their time sleeping, so offer your new pet lots of soft beds. Fluffy will also appreciate having a comfy spot before a window. Add pet ramps or stairs to make it easier for her to reach.
Your feline pal may be a bit shy in the beginning. Put her things in a quiet room or corner, and give her some time to get settled. If you have other pets, keep them separated at first, and make introductions slowly.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fluffy to the vet. Just like people, kitties become more susceptible to certain illnesses in their golden years. Your pet will most likely already be fixed, but she will need a thorough exam. You’ll also want to make sure she’s current on her vaccines and parasite control.
Kitties get very attached to their humans. However, it can take a while for them to feel safe and secure. Some of our feline buddies may need as much as a year to completely settle in. Others will immediately make themselves at home. It really just depends on the cat. Let Fluffy take the lead, especially when it comes to being petted or cuddled. If your furry pal seems aloof, don’t force attention on her. Toys, treats, and perhaps a bit of catnip will help win her trust and get that motor going.
Please contact us, your Mesa, AZ vet clinic, for all of your senior cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re always here to help!